The last year has been one for massive change in my life. Some of it has been positive and some negative, but overwhelming overall. More than that, however, I’ve noticed a massive change in myself and my outlook on my situation. Learning to stay positive during what has been a difficult year has required a major mindset shift. I didn’t want to focus on the negative things in my life, so I changed my mindset. If this is something needed in your life as well, it might be time to make some of these mindset changes for a happier life.
Unhappiness frequently comes, not only from the situation we’re at in our lives, but the outlook we have on it. If you’re regularly focusing on the worst parts of your life, it’s honestly not surprising you’re struggling to stay positive. Focus on practicing gratitude at some point every single day. Maybe it’s just taking 30 seconds to write down in your planner or journal one thing you’re grateful for. Whatever your strategy is, make sure to spend at least some time each day focusing on the truly awesome things in your life that you’re grateful for. We all have something going for us.
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Surround Yourself With Positive People
I’ve talked about this on the blog before, but surrounding yourself with positive people is essential. I feel like we’ve all had a friend who was just a truly negative person, and who made us feel more negative when we were around them. Sometimes you might not even realize it, especially if it’s a friend you love to get together with to vent or gossip. But that isn’t bringing any more joy to your life! Embrace the positive influences in your life, and distance yourself from the toxic people.
Eliminate Negative Self-Talk
Hearing negative talk can have a surprisingly strong effect on our happiness, and unfortunately, we are all some of the worst offenders to ourselves. For the next few days, try to pay attention to the things you think or say to yourself? How many times do you get down on yourself about your appearance or your weight or something else? How often do you compare your career success to someone else’s? How often do you get upset with yourself for being unproductive or not getting to the gym?
No one will ever be a bigger advocate for your life than you. If you want to live a happier life, it’s time to start talking yourself up! Focus on the things you love about yourself while positively working on the things you’d rather change.
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Take Control of Your Life
At the end of the day, no one has more control over your life and your happiness than you. If there are areas of your life that are making your life unhappy, you have the control to change that. Sit down and make a list of the greatest sources of unhappiness in your life, and spend some time really considering what you can do to change them.
Maybe you hate your job. Is it just that specific job, or do you dislike your career field in general? Answering that question will help you figure out your next steps to finding a job that you will enjoy. Maybe it’s an unhappy relationship you’ve been dragging your feet on getting out of, whether it’s a romantic relationship or a friend relationship. Maybe you’re unhappy with your health. Write down some manageable, real steps for yourself such as joining a gym, making yourself a workout schedule, and creating a healthy meal plan.
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